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Abstract

Are neglected plants the food for the future?

Malnutrition, poor health, hunger, and even starvation are still the world’s greatest challenges. Malnutrition is defined as deficiency of nutrition due to not ingesting the proper amounts of nutrients by simply not eating enough food and/or by consuming nutrient-poor food in respect to the daily nutritional requirements. Moreover, malnutrition and disease are closely associated and incidences of such diet-related diseases increase particularly in low- and middle-income states. While foods of animal origin are often unaffordable to low-income families, various neglected crops can offer an alternative source of micronutrients, vitamins, as well as health-promoting secondary plant metabolites.



S Baldermann, L Blagojević, K Frede, R Klopsch, S Neugart, A Neumann, B Ngwene, J Norkeweit, D Schröter, A Schröter, FJ Schweigert, M Wiesner, M Schreiner.2016.Are neglected plants the food for the future?, Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences,35(2),106-119.

DOI: 10.1080/07352689.2016.1201399